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Online Paralegal Degrees and Certificates

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Gain the Job-Ready Skills You Need for a Successful Career as a Paralegal

Paralegals make valuable contributions to the effectiveness and productivity of the legal system. EKU’s 100% online bachelor’s degree in paralegal science prepares students to successfully enter and advance within the paralegal workforce. Students leave the program with a comprehensive understanding of the law balanced with a respected liberal arts background. Graduates enjoy broad employment and graduate/professional school opportunities.

Paralegals find employment in many industries:

  • Law Offices and Firms
  • Corporate In-House Counsel Offices
  • Banks
  • Social and Human Services
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • State & Local Government/Courthouses
  • Insurance Agencies
  • Local Bar Associations

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I felt that they [EKU] were really concerned about my life experience…where I had been…where I am now…and were willing to help me find a way to work with that and to integrate me back into the university.

Tony ChisholmEKU Online Paralegal Student
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Benefits of EKU Online

Focused on paralegal best practices and producing excellent student outcomes, EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as legal research and writing, litigation, legal administration and computer applications, family law, criminal law and probate practice.

Program benefits include:

  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Active job placement assistance for all graduating students —90% of graduates are employed or attending graduate or law school within six months of graduation
  • The EKU paralegal program is a respected charter member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAFPE)
  • Our expert faculty have extensive training in online education. All instructors hold a Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Ph.D.
  • Courses begin 6 times per year
  • Reduced tuition for active duty military members
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees

Approved by the American Bar Association

The EKU Online Paralegal Program is approved by the American Bar Association and meets the guidelines set forth by the ABA. The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Paralegals states that its purpose in approving programs is “to foster high quality paralegal education and training and the development of educational standards.”

Each ABA-approved paralegal program goes through a rigorous approval process and is subject to ongoing review by ABA representatives, including periodic on-site visits and review of detailed reports submitted by the program.

Students who graduate from an ABA-approved course of paralegal studies are automatically qualified to sit for the Certified Kentucky Paralegal Exam.

Career Opportunities

Paralegal careers are fast-paced and challenging. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics* (BLS) estimates that the number of individuals employed as paralegals and legal assistants will rise 12 percent through 2028, much faster than average for all occupations.

The Eastern Kentucky University paralegal program is one of approximately 260 ABA-approved paralegal programs (out of over 1,000 paralegal programs overall) in the United States. The ABA requires ABA-approved programs to go through a rigorous review process, ensuring that the programs meet the ABA’s stringent requirements for program quality.

This occupation attracts many applicants and competition for paralegal jobs is strong. Those with a degree or post-baccalaureate certificate from ABA-approved institutions, like Eastern Kentucky University, will have the best job prospects. According to BLS the median paralegal salary in 2018 was $50,940 per year or $24.49 per hour.

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For a full list of course descriptions, see section 7 of the University undergraduate catalog.

LAS 330 – Family Law Practice (3)
Paralegal practice in family law including forms, documents, and procedures for: marriage, divorce, separation, annulment, alimony, legitimacy of children, custody, adoption, community property, and juvenile law.

LAS 340 – Criminal Law Practice and Procedure (3)
An introduction to criminal law and procedure; criminal law forms and documents, and preparation for criminal litigation using the systems approach.

LAS 350 – Litigation: Evidence to Discovery (3)
Study of legal principles and paralegal practice in substantive civil law. Incorporates procedural aspects of the early stages of civil litigation including evidence and investigation, pleadings, and the discovery/disclosure process.

LAS 385 – Legal Administration and Computer Applications (3)
The study of law office administration and the utilization of specific law office computer applications.

Online Paralegal Degrees & Certificates

AAS in Paralegal Studies

EKU’s 100% online associate degree in paralegal studies is designed to prepare students to quickly and successfully enter the workforce in a number of entry-level paralegal jobs. Graduates are well positioned to complete their bachelor’s degree and further increase their employment opportunities.  

Note: Online paralegal students have the opportunity to complete all but 9 semester credit hours according to their own schedule, studying anytime and anywhere that is convenient. The remaining 9 semester credit hours of legal specialty coursework are completed through synchronous online instruction.

BA in Paralegal Science

EKU’s 100% online bachelor’s degree in paralegal science prepares students to successfully enter and advance within the paralegal workforce. Students leave the program with a comprehensive understanding of the law balanced with a respected liberal arts background. Graduates enjoy broad employment and graduate/professional school opportunities.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Science

EKU’s 100% online post-baccalaureate certificate in paralegal science is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in an area other than paralegal science. The certificate program prepares students to enter the paralegal workforce in as little as 18 months.

The paralegal program is a 100% online program. A minimum of 9 semester credit hours of legal specialty coursework are completed through synchronous online instruction.

 

The laws of Kentucky and other states prohibit paralegals from engaging in the practice of law or providing legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. Therefore, completion of a major, minor, or certificate in Paralegal Studies/Sciences does not entitle one to practice law, provide legal services directly to the public, or render legal advice, except as provided by law.

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About Our University

Eastern Kentucky University is consistently recognized as being one of the best online colleges in the nation.

Eastern Kentucky University is a nationally recognized public university located in Richmond, Kentucky. Established in 1874, EKU strives to make quality education available to everyone. A brick-and-mortar accredited institution, EKU began offering online degrees in 2006 and continues to service all students with our on-campus offerings.

The University offers more than 50 online programs in various areas of study, designed for adult learners who want to earn a college degree or certificate while working full-time or juggling other life priorities. Online programs are available through the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, College of Business, College of Sciences, College of Education, College of Health Sciences, and College of Justice, Safety and Military Affairs.